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Primary Sources - Workshop in American History Workshop 4 - Concerning Emancipation: Who Freed the Slaves?homesitemap
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Explore Emancipation by examining the original documents and images of the period
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This workshop examines the complex issues surrounding the end of slavery in the United States. It addresses President Lincoln's attitudes and actions before and during the Civil War and the role of the enslaved in attaining their own emancipation. Using primary source documents, you can deepen your understanding of the influences on Lincoln and the different forces at work that contributed to the end of slavery.


To gain a deeper understanding of historical content through reading and discussing primary source documents.

To examine who freed the slaves.

To probe Lincoln's attitudes about slavery, comparing his public remarks and private beliefs before and during the Civil War.

To understand the role enslaved and free African Americans played in transforming the Civil War into a war against slavery.

To gain greater understanding of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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